Rahul Dev Burman or RD Burman was a renowned music director of the Indian film industry.
Today on June 27, the legendry artist's fans are missing Pancham Da (nick name) on his 74th birthday.
Burman, also known as Tubloo in childhood, was born in Kolkata. Nicknamed Pancham da, he was the only son of the illustrious composer Sachin Dev Burman.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, RD Burman composed musical scores for nearly 331 movies. He was mainly active in the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) as a composer, and also provided vocals for a few of compositions.
There are several interesting facts about his life. It is said that a tune which he composed at the age of 8 was used in his movie 'Fantoosh'. He started his early career with the movie 'Chhote Nawab' in 1961.
It is said that Shammi Kapoor was furiated when Burman was also roped in for Teesri Manzil. However, Pancham Da with his evergreen music won the hearts of millions.
For the 1977 movie Padosan he created a medley with Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar. Legendary singer Asha Bhosle is the second wife of RD Burman. The two got married in 1980 after Pancham Da separated with his first wife Rita Patel. Both Burman and Asha recorded hit songs and also staged many live performances.
Interestingly, Dev Anand is the only actor who has worked with both Sachin Dev Burman and RD Burman.
Some of the notable movies in which Pancham Da was credited as the music assistant include 'Chalti Ka Naam Gadi' (1958), 'Kaagaz Ke Phool' (1959), 'Tere Ghar ke Samne' (1963), 'Bandini' (1963), 'Guide' (1965) and 'Teen Devian' (1965).
From romantic songs like Rim jhim gire saawan and Chura liya hai tumne jo dil ko to groovy tracks like Dum maro dum and fun numbers like Piya tu ab to aaja – RD gave Hindi cinema fans an endless number of amazing compositions to hum, again and again.